The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00039
Date: [11 October 1899?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Pourville-sur-Mer]
Recipient: Inez Addams[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A39
Document Type: ALS

I have just had your letter - and am very much pleased -

The Mr. Beresford[3] had better be sent for at once - You might say "I have sent for you, thinking right that you should see the General Order[4] from Mr Whistler without loss of time - This I felt to be the more imperative, since I gathered from you that you intended calling upon Mr Whistler yourself - and you see he expressly states that he can [p. 2] recieve [sic] no such visits" - - If questioned, you can say that a case something of the same kind, which you are not at liberty to mention - or which you do not wish to mention, had in due course been officially reported to Mr Whistler - and the Order had immediately followed -

Voila -

I suppose you did read it out to the Atelier - and that now it hangs up for all -

I will write directly - but meanwhile should like to hear whatever you wish to tell me not only[5] of these matters but of your own work -

What is the portrait?

J McN Whistler


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1.  [11 October 1899?]
Dated from reference to Beresford, and from day of week; the 11 October 1899 was a Wednesday. This relates to the Académie Carmen (see note below) and possibly to a letter in which Beresford is referred to (#00038). JW wrote this letter from Pourville in Northern France where he had been painting and convelescing from an illness since July 1899.

2.  Inez Addams
Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more]. Addams was one of the first students at the Academie Carmen, the Paris atelier opened by Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more], where JW taught occasionally from 1898-1901. She became legally articled to JW as an apprentice on 20 July 1899 (see indentureship, #00019) and also acted as studio massière. See also JW to I. Addams, #00038, #00037).

3.  ALS
There is a deep mourning border on p. 1. The letter is written in pencil.

4.  Mr. Beresford
Frank Ernest Beresford (1881-1967), artist [more]; see a further reference in #00038.

5.  General Order
See #00002.

6.  not only...Whistler
Contined in left margin of p. 2.